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Are you due a rebate on your water bill?
The media has latched onto the fact countless families were paying over the odds for their energy. Now, people throughout the UK began to take a long overdue look at their household bills. If you’ve done just that, have you checked what you’re paying for when it comes to water bill?
Your water bill often sits within our Direct Debit lists unnoticed and, given the fact they rarely appear to change and spend far less time in the media spotlight, it is all too easy to overlook the fact that you may be due a rebate.
In this post, we’ve got some essential advice which will help you determine whether or not you are due a rebate on your water bill.
Are you paying for surface water drainage?
It may surprise you to hear that water companies make a reported £1 Billion every year from ‘surface water drainage’ charges. The problem is that they don’t really know which homes divert rainwater into public drains (the reason for the charge), and you therefore may be paying for something you simply aren’t accountable for.
If you don’t think your property sends water into a public drain, it’s time to contact your water company. They’ll ask for evidence and, if you can provide it, you could get up to 6 years’ worth of rebates.
Surface water drainage is only one element of potential overcharging, though. We’ve got 4 more things you should check for on your water invoice.
1. Rate-able value
You may spot that your drainage charges account for over half of your water bill. They’re based on a rate-able value (RV) and it is important to check that yours is correct. You can check this on the Valuation Office Agency website.
2. Wrong meter size
Most household water meters are 20mm in size, but properties using large quantities of water typically have meters that are much bigger. Check the size of yours; you may have moved into a property which previously used more water than you (a converted block of flats, for example). If it’s too big, ask your water company to change it, because you’ll be overpaying otherwise.
3. Are you still un-metered?
Most water bills these days are metered. If you’re un-metered, you may be overpaying. Check with your water company – they’ll be able to tell you and advise accordingly.
4. Water waste charges
Most water companies will assume that ‘normal’ household water usage returns around 95% of water to the sewer. However, if you run a business which uses water for part of its process, and during that process it is either evaporated or absorbed, you can contest the water waste charge.
Your water bill could be hiding a big secret, so make sure you use the checklist above and speak to your water company if you suspect you may be overpaying. With 6 years of potential rebates available, you could claw back as much as £240 and save £40 on future bills.
You can also read this article with 6 ways to save money on your water bill.